LTC (then MAJ) Louis H. Cotton had been a Field Artillery Officer and Alpha Battery Commander within the 377th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (PFAB), 101st Airborne Division during WWII.  He went on to become the S-1 (Personnel Officer) and eventually was assigned the position of Battalion Executive Officer just before D-Day.  He was wounded in the leg by enemy fire as he Parachuted that day into Normandy.  He left the front lines to heal and after his  recovery, became the 7th Army G5 (Operations Officer) before leaving the war in 1945.  He retired in October 1963 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

His medal was donated to the Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell, KY.

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